Utah schools see rise in test results, grades, reports show

Posted at 4:25 PM, Sep 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-15 18:25:35-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Three federal education accountability reports were released Tuesday by the Utah education state office.

Overall, all schools have improved in PACE, School Grading and State Accountability Results. Mathematics showed the greatest improvement.

One of the three state reports showed high schools had a two percent higher graduation rate. But ACT scores had gone down by .5 percent.

Reports show high schools and third through eighth grades were more B-rated and A-rated during the 2013-14 school year. However, along with the increased A and B results, high schools saw more C-rated schools than 2014.

Results from the PACE report showed Gov. Gary Herbert’s education plan was on track to meet its goal. Herbert’s hope is in 10 years 66 percent of working-age Utahns will obtain a post-secondary degree by 2020.

"I think the headline today is school grades are up," Jo Ellen Shaeffer, state education accountability director, said Tuesday.  “We see increases in points for the federal accountability increases in the metrics in the governor’s education and a lot of that is due to what you saw a couple weeks ago with the increases in SAGE."

To see how individual schools performed under each of the state's three federal accountability reports click on the link below to navigate: